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Buddleia Buzz Growing Tips

I've grown some Buddleia Buzz from tiny plug plants up until they are now in decent sized pots:

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As they develop, how best to look after them and keep them growing healthily and with lots of flowers?

Should I be pinching out some shoots etc or just letting them do their own thing for this year?

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  • ecokidecokid Posts: 138

    I bought some last year. The first year I had them they put on a couple of flowers each, but this year they are putting out lots  more buds.  It's very easy to look after - I found that it's best to leave them to it and then cut back old growth early next spring, leaving about 3 inches on the plant as this stimulates lots more new growth. One feeding of fertiliser during spring and that's it really - buddleia is as tough as old boots, even the dwarf varieties.

    Last edited: 04 July 2016 18:20:03

  • ecokid says:

    I bought some last year. The first year I had them they put on a couple of flowers each, but this year they are putting out lots  more buds.  It's very easy to look after - I found that it's best to leave them to it and then cut back old growth early next spring, leaving about 3 inches on the plant as this stimulates lots more new growth. One feeding of fertiliser during spring and that's it really - buddleia is as tough as old boots, even the dwarf varieties.

    Last edited: 04 July 2016 18:20:03

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    Excellent :) Yeah, I thought it might be best to let them enjoy themselves the first year and then trim maybe next year. 

    Glad to hear yours are doing well :) Looking forward to mine flowering next year :)

  • Hi, I know these are meant to be patio/pot size but for me they were poorly in pots. Few flowers. I know it's a dwarf variety but it was pretty lacklustre. And I left it alone apart from deadheading for 2 years. 

    I moved house and put them in the ground and the flowers must have multiplied x20 more.

    For a buddleia they keep small even in the ground, I've got a nice bushy shrub now around 1m high x 1/2m wide.

    Much better, worth putting in the ground.

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  • a1154a1154 Sunny South Scotland Posts: 996

    I'd disagree, i have buzz in th ground and its massive.  Could have been mislabelled i guess. 

  • Maybe in a few years they'll go in ground. Probably they'll go in increasingly bigger pots as they grow. If flowers are lacklustre I'll consider grounding them.

    Thanks for advice :)

  • WaysideWayside Posts: 807

    Funny things buddlejas, I thought as they seed and grow almost anywhere, they'd be happy in a pot, but I had one in a pot last year and it didn't do much.  I gave it roomier accommodation this year, full sun, and lots of water, and it has finally got going.

    I've a load of large specimens, I was cutting back one one year and knocked the thing out the ground without much force, there didn't appear much to it.  I've pulled another this year (quite old), and it had quite a large tap root into pure chalk.  It was a struggle to remove.

    I'm always surprised how much growth you get on them, in such a short period of time, they are quite miraculous.

    Better half isn't a fan.  Hence I'm trying a small one in a pot.  The heavy rain in the last month did quite a bit of damage, but it's picking up.

    They make late summer for me with their vivid flowers in twilight glow.  They seem to thrive on chalk.

    Last edited: 05 July 2016 18:52:05

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